Niantic got the Stay-At-Home Edition of Community Day completely right last month, and I was excited to see if they could pull it off again. This time, they gave Seedot the go-ahead. I was happy with this – it wasn’t a highly anticipated Pokemon (much like Mareep and Swinub before it) and it means that Lotad’s counterpart finally gets its chance in the spotlight after Lotad got its own Research Day last year.
Like with Abra Community Day, I decided to mostly stay at home. Well actually I stayed at home for the entire event. I just wasn’t feeling too great and I just wanted to relax. Plus I had a lot of blog work that I wanted to get done in the meantime, so I just popped on some Incense and just rolled with it. It would also be my first Community Day that I spent alone since Swinub (and that was only because of circumstances beyond my control – otherwise it would be Cyndaquil).
There was a live-stream by the Pokemon GO YouTube channel, but alas, it was a bit shit. So I went to Nomeyy‘s stream when she went live.
We also had the following bonuses:
- 3-hour Incense duration
- 5 Photobombs
- Ticket for Seeing Double in the shop
- 3x Catch XP
- Evolving a Nuzleaf into Shiftry, or encountering the Shiftry in the Seeing Double Research, would give it the move Bullet Seed.
- A not-so-worth-it Community Day box in the shop.
We also got word that a lot of people were having issues with their Buddy – in that their Buddy wasn’t bringing Pokeballs as should have been advertised. I can safely say that I’m not surprised. A lot of people were running out of Pokeballs throughout this event.
A bunch of us (communicating through Facebook Messenger) got our first shinies really quickly – I’m talking first five minutes. That never happens to me (Cyndaquil and Mudkip aside). There were a couple of quiet periods without shinies, but it definitely got a bit crazy.
I referred to Buddies of Great Buddy or higher still not giving gifts. My buddy (a 100% Dewott) is my Ultra Buddy that I specifically use for events such as this, and there were no gifts with balls. After the first 45 minutes I decided to feed my Buddy in the hopes that it would give me some balls after that, at least. Nothing happened, and I even changed my Buddy, Poffined it and everything. It seems to be dependent on the player, as I heard some people got items, but then others didn’t (like myself). I definitely could see the impact – having not gone out to spin Pokestops, my once large collection of PokeBalls ended up being whittled down very quickly. On that note, I did contact Niantic Support, and they gave me 300 PokeBalls as compensation. It’s not as many as I would have received normally, but it’s a small token I suppose, and a lot better than nothing.
I remembered the photobombs at least – no shinies from those, sadly.
Altogether, it was so wild. I did go in with my second account for a little bit. Even though I was spending the entire event indoors, I ended up with 25 shiny Seedot, along with a bonus shiny Taillow.
I feel that the shiny rates were increased to gargantuan proportions. I mean, for me anyway. I never usually get this many shinies, but I can’t complain. That was actually my best shiny haul that I’ve had, even beating out Abra Community Day.
Special Research – Seeing Double
I also took part in the Special Research, much like with Abra Community Day. Looking back, it was structured the exact same as with Investigating Illusions from last month, just with Seedot-related encounters instead of Abra. It was okay, I suppose, but it did feel very rehashed.
Part One consisted of:
- Power up Pokemon 10 times (x10 Pokeballs)
- Catch 10 Seedot (x20 Seedot candy)
- Make 5 Nice throws (Seedot encounter)
Part Two consisted of:
- Catch 15 Seedot (x20 Seedot candy)
- Transfer 10 Pokemon (Nuzleaf encounter)
- Evolve 3 Seedot (1,000 XP)
Part Three consisted of:
- Make 3 Great Curveball throws (x20 Abra candy)
- Evolve 1 Nuzleaf (x5 Golden Razz Berries)
- Transfer 10 Pokemon (1,500 XP)
Part Four consisted of:
- [Already Complete] (5,000 Stardust)
- [Already Complete] (1,500 XP)
- [Already Complete] (x5 Silver Pinap Berries)
Altogether it was still worth the price tag, as you got the same items as you did last month (3x Incense, a Poffin and a Rocket Radar). This was actually done quicker than last month’s, somehow. That must be down to already being used to juggling Incense spawns and Research tasks at the same time.